Cassiopeia and her husband Cepheus
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The constellation of Cassiopeia
is one of the most famous in the sky. It is very easy to identify the stars that are part of it because they have the shape of a W.
Cassiopeia was the queen of Ethiopia. She was so proud of her beauty that she claimed to be more beautiful than the sea nymphs, the Nereids. As a punishment for the offense, the sea god Poseidon sent a monster to destroy Cassiopeia's land.
Cassiopeia learned by an oracle that only the sacrifice of her daughter Andromeda could save the kingdom.
Andromeda was chained to a sea cliff to be devoured by the monster.
Perseus,a famous Greek hero, fell in love with her and rescued her.
According to the legend, the sea god Poseidon placed the figure of
Cassiopeia among the stars to remind people of her vanity.
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